Unique friendship inspired by running
When Charlotte mom and avid runner Katie Miller, 40, dedicated her first marathon to a special needs child several states away, she had no idea that she would not only develop a friendship, but would also create a runner in her new buddy.
Miller, an alumni and teacher at Providence Day School, had participated in numerous 5Ks and five half marathons when she signed up to run her first full marathon. In the fall of 2013, she decided to do something special as she prepared for it- she dedicated her run to a special needs 9-year-old in Illinois.
Through the group, I Run 4 (IR4), Miller and Amie Miller became buddies. The group pairs special needs children with adult runners who want to dedicate their miles to them.
In the fall, Miller ran the Davidson Run for Green half marathon for Amie, as well as the Thunder Road Marathon. Miller sent Amie the Thunder Road race medal. It was an amazing experience and Amie was in my heart every step of the way. She even gave me 3 songs to put on my running playlist, said Miller.
Amie, from Galesburg, IL, has a rare chromosome syndrome called 16p11.2. It has been estimated that only 3 in 10,000 have this syndrome. Most people with 16p11.2 have developmental delay and intellectual disability. Amie has had 3 open heart surgeries, two larynx surgeries and still has more heart surgeries in her future. Amies mom has said Miller has become like family and they frequently chat on Facebook and mail each other things.
On the 22nd, Amie is doing something amazing for Miller, who is currently on the mend from a strained hip flexor. Amie is dedicating a run to Miller! During a fundraiser for her school, Amie will be running, as much as she will be able to do, in honor of her new buddy.
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